THE C WORD When a medical treatment is as effective as the stem cell therapy out of Ottawa has been, it’s not surprising that the press is throwing around the word “cure”. In 2001, researchers from The Ottawa Hospital and the University of Ottawa, led by Harold Atkins and Mark S. Freedman, treated 24 patients who had aggressive forms of multiple sclerosis with a stem cell transplantation technique originally developed to treat leukemia. They began by completely decimating the patients’ immune systems with chemotherapy and then transplanting them with their own newly purified hematopoietic stem cells in an effort to regenerate a new immune system.
CANADIAN INNOVATORS WORK TO IMPROVE GLOBAL HEALTH Grand Challenges Canada has committed scale-up funding to six Canadian projects that aim to improve global health. The new investments, matched by a wide range of partners, will enable the innovators to advance the development of their technologies and will build on significant results from seed projects also funded by Grand Challenges Canada. This included projects by innovators from companies based in BC, Ontario and Quebec, partnering with groups in several African countries.